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>> car lashes. >> reporter: it takes about 15 minutes. you attach them with automotive trim tape that comes with the lashes. >> reporter: unlike fake lashes, car lashes can help you park, so you know where the end of the car is. car lashes have a competitive, male stash. okay. maybe you'll never see car lashes on danka patrick's race car or the presidential limousine but they have sold almost 2,000 since june and have ordered another 10,000. >> are they cute or functional, too. >> reporter: well, what would you like them to do? >> windshield wipers that bat their eye lashes as they clean. >> reporter: dotty says men might not put car lashes on their cars but they like seeing women drive by with them. >> they feel like they are being flirted with a little bit when they see them. >> reporter: will car lashes give the guy whiplash, put a
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little hussy in your headlights? jeane moos, cnn, new york. >> all right, fredricka. >> love that. >> our makeup room downstairs, i've seen some of the women's fake eye lashes in there that could probably fit on cars. >> i think you're right about that. i've seen them, too. some nice lashes on a ride. i don't know. i'm not seeing that on your car. >> i'm going to give mine a goatee in the front. >> that will work. thanks so much. you have a great day. >> i sure will. see you. >> of course there's one american family that's very, very happy. after more than a year, american hike er sarah shourd is free an she's speaking. she did that just before getting on a plane bound for new york. here is what she said before her sendoff in in oman. >> i want to begin by thanking
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his majesty for welcoming me to this beautiful country upon my release. i also want to send my gratitude to the american ambassador and his wife for hosting my family and i during our stay. i have depreciation for -- the honor of his friendship and continued engagement in my life and the life of my fiance shane bauer and my dear friend josh fattal during the past months. it would be a pleasure to return to oman, and it is my deepest, deepest hope i will be able to show shane and josh the grand mosque soon, one of the most peaceful and powerful places of worship i've ever seen.
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i will always associate your country with the first breath of my freedom. the chance to stand by the ocean listening to the waves. i think the good, hospitable people of oman and thank you for your support and ask you to please, please extend your prayers to my fiance shane and my friend josh. they will soon be free. thank you. >> american hiker sarah shourd there in oman speaking after her release in iran. there are two other american hikers still held in tehran. we'll try to get an update on their situation. a reporter will join us live later on. in the meantime in this country, bp's broken well in the gulf of mexico is about to be
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permanently sealed. today bp officials pumped cement into the bottom of the well. once cement is set, a final pressure test will be conducted. if that's successful, the well will be officially declared dead. it ruptured five months ago causing the largest oil spill in u.s. history. joining us by phone, the u.s. coast guard's on scene incident commander, rear admiral. thanks so much for your time. give me an how relieved you are at this juncture because of this progress taking place today? >> fredricka, that's certainly good news the well is dead but certainly the operation lives on. we're actually 66 days since no oil was discharged from that well. we still have 600 miles of shoreline from florida to louisiana that have been impacted. in fact, today i have over 25,000 people out there doing very intense and high heat conditions cleanup along those
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600 miles. that will continue for some period of time. another concern has been, where did the rest of the oil go? we have -- today i've got 11 research vessels. we're working very closely with noaa, academic, scientific community doing deep water and sediment samples and also sampling very close to shore. more importantly sampling for seafood safety. this the most tested food anywhere in the world right now. the good news is, most of these areas that were closed because of this spill are now reopening. >> you mentioned, though, admiral, you're still wondering where the oil went. what are you or crews able to do in the gulf to investigate that, then i want to ask you about that pressure test that will be taking place to be able to
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assure people they should feel comforted by the progress on the well. first talk to me about the investigation of where that oil went. >> okay. most people are familiar with the oil budget and it shows 26% of the oil remaining. of the 4.9 million barrels estimated to have been released. we're doing a significant amount of water sampling down to depths of 5,000 feet, sediment sampling. what we're finding are areas in the parts per million, which would not be detectible by the naked eye, to be placed in a glass of water. there's still a presence of oil. i don't want to diminish the fact that there is residual left from a spill of this magnitude. we have before skimmers, now research vessels and other static technology to look for tar also close to shore as well.
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in addition to we have a number of autonomous underwater vehicles, basically unmanned gliders that provide us data feedback as well over a large expanse over the gulf of mexico. >> sounds painstaking. what about the pressure test that would take place today to give added assurances that the well is working, the cement closure is working. >> that will take place this afternoon. it's a 30-minute pressure test. as long as that pressure is holding, then at that point the bottom kill will be deemed to be complete at that point in time. incident commander rear admiral paul zukunft, thank you for your time. i appreciate it. >> thank you, fredricka. >> let's talk politics. lisa murkowski is banking on a political long shot to keep her job in washington. that win would be by being a
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write-in candidate. she is hoping this might be a moment in which she hopes to seal some history. she announced her renewing of her bid for election last night in anchorage after suffering defeat in the gop primary to a tea-party backed political newcomer. if murkowski wins by write-in vote, she would be only the second u.s. senator ever to do so. >> i will be the first one to admit to you that in the primary campaign, we made some mistakes. we talked about ourselves. we talked about me a lot, but we didn't educate alaskans about the extremist views held by mr. miller and when he swung, i didn't swing back. well, ladies and gentlemen, friends and supporters, the gloves are off and i'm fighting for alaska. >> all right. history says otherwise.
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only carolina's strom thurmond won a senate seat by write-in and that was almost 60 years ago. let's look a little further into the producer he with me. it helps she's incumbent, she has name recognition. is she counting on that, people will know how to spell her name and they will write it in. >> she's absolutely counting on name recognition that people will write her name. it can be misspelled. the division of elections will say the intent is to vote for senator murkowski. that's okay. the structural hurdle for people to tell her supporters, hey, have you to write my name in, you won't see my name on the ballot, sometimes that can be a hurdle too high to clear, which is why you just mentioned it's only been done once before.
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>> i wonder why she's decided to do this. we heard her sound bite, i'm fighting for you, going to continue this fight. what is the impetus here, take this chance. it's consider risky. >> it could be as she says a lot of her supporters have contacted her and said, hey, we really want you to stay in the fight. it could be flat-out upset that the tea party express came into the alaska. she called it an outside extremist group that hijacked the republican party. she said, hey, take that. you think you defeated me, you think you pushed me aside but not so fast. >> at the same time, if she is defeated, let's talk about how galvanizing this is for the tea party movement. their candidate, the person they chose who won the primary might win that election come november. >> talk about galvanize, they thought they put the nail in the coffin with senator murkowski but not so much.
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if she's defeated, the tea party movement claiming victory saying lisa murkowski was a rhino, this moderate republican, some people accuse her of being a liberal. they will claim a bigger defeat. we beat you once, we beat you again, should that happen. but if she were able to win this thing, making history, she could say, hey, i was one of the people who actually beat back the tea party movement as they try and blaze this path to power. it will be interesting either way it goes. >> shannon travis, always good to see you when you're out and about but better to be here with you. appreciate it. keep us posted on all those political front. meantime we'll go back to our top story, sarah shourd, released and talking in oman while she's on her way from
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iran. on the phone here, give me an idea why she thought this was an important pivotal moment for her to speak knowing two of her friends are still being held in iran. >> reporter: when she landed, she said it was her priority to get her fiance and friend josh fattal and fiance shane bauer released. what appears to be -- what she appears to be doing here is taking every opportunity that she can to draw people's attention to their situation. right now she's just about to board a flight to leave here en route to new york. she has a press conference. this was going to be a brief statement. this is the idea, just herald the fact she's on her way to the united states. she thanked the prime minister of iran, u.s. am. there was a sense she didn't want to move on quite so unquickly. she said dug our unfortunately brief stay, she talked about how
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she was able to relax on the beach, would remember the fragrance of the sandalwood but looks forward to sharing that with shane bauer her fiance and josh fattal, her friend, when they win their freedom. that seems to be what she's focused on now, drawing as much attention to them as possible. >> at the same time how important was it she doesn't say anything disparaging about iran. in some ways she kind of complimented iran. >> reporter: she did when she first arrived here. i think obviously that she's very aware whatever she says can be taken the wrong way, politicized. the diplomacy that went into winning her freedom was many, many months in the making. it was many careful steps along the way. the initial plan, according to the minister responsible for foreign affairs in oman, the talks were about releasing all three of them. after several months, those talks stalled, until the last
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five months they focused on the release of sarah. so she's very aware that just the smallest wrong word here or there can have an impact on them. again, what's clear is she's more relaxed than she was when she first arrived here. her words, again, were very carefully chosen. as you say she doesn't want to upset tehran at this stage. >> nic robertson, thanks so much, from oman, appreciate that. afghan voters casting votes under a cloud of corruption, live from kabul after this. games with my grandchildren. great news! for people with copd, including chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both, advair helps significantly improve lung function. while nothing can reverse copd, advair is different from most other copd medications because it contains both an anti-inflammatory and a long-acting bronchodilator, working together to help you breathe better. advair won't replace fast-acting inhalers for sudden symptoms
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afghan voters are facing down threats of violence and they have turned out today to cast ballots in the country's fourth national election anyway since the end of the taliban rule. let's go live to ivan watson in kabul. how is it going, ivan? >> reporter: fredricka, as if voters dependent have enough to deal with with threats from the taliban and attacks from the taliban and widespread fraud from the last election that took
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place in 2009, there was even an earthquake that hit kabul, 6.3 magnitude before dawn this morning. that seemed to have very little affect here. the voting was brisk in the capital, which was more secure. other parts of the country were not so lucky. at least 12 civilians killed in clashes, rocket attack, roadside bombs and out and out gunbattles taking place in the north, south, east and west of the country. at least 20% of the polling stations were closed largely due to security threats. can you imagine the number of people who didn't have an option to try to go out and vote. despite that, some of the international organizations that are helping fund this $150 million election are trying to look on the bright side. listen to what the united nations envoy had to say earlier. >> have you seen the list of the 2,521 candidates? 50% of them are new people, young people. 400 of them are women. they could show, if they are
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elected, quite a difference face of afghanistan. so this is certainly better than bullets. >> reporter: i'm having some audio problems here. some of the voters, fredricka, we've spoken with say they know this is a flawed, imperfect electoral process but they still went to the polls because they want to vote for candidates they believe in, trust in, and they hope they may somehow bring peace and prosperity to this long suffering country. fredricka. >> ivan watson in kabul. when we come back we'll talk some legal cases, including michael jackson mother, who filed a wrongful death case on behalf of her son. we'll tell you who she's blaming
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all right. let's try and go back to bermuda where hurricane igor is a threatening force. meteorologist reynolds wolf is
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there. all right. what's happening with igor and bermuda and you? >> reporter: well, we've been watching the storm since september 8th when it left the coast of africa, across the atlantic, knocking on the doorstep of bermuda. if you were just to tune in and you didn't know any better, you see sun is out, the storm is 36 hours will make its presence known on the island. people are really keeping a very sharp eye on the surf, watching the skies get darker off the horizon and waiting for the storm to come on shore. >> all right, reynolds. thanks so much. keep us posted on that. appreciate that from bermuda. all right. one of two men accused of raping and killing a woman and two girls during a 2007 home invasion is on trial in connecticut. as cnn reports, the testimony is raising serious questions about
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the police response to the incident. >> reporter: you're watching a wife and mother in a desperate attempt to save her family. this newly released bank surveillance video shows jennifer hawke-petit with drawing $15,000 from her bank in this small town of cheshire, connecticut. it was a monday morning july 23rd, 2007. about three miles away, something awful, something truly sinister was happening inside her home. her husband william was bound and gagged. and along with her two daughters haley and milkala was held hodge. she hoped the money would be enough for the two men who broke into their home the night before to save their lives. she reaches out but has to be discreet because one of the two alleged kidnappers was just outside. the bank manager quietly calls 911.
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9:21, cheshire police learned of the hodge situation. >> we have a lady who is in our bank right now who says that her husband and children are being held at their house. the people are in a car outside the bank. she is getting $15,000, that if the police are told they will kill the children and the husband. she is petrified. >> reporter: minutes later she leaves the bank with the ransom money. >> they told her that they wouldn't hurt anybody if she got back there with the money. i think she's walking out now. she's walking out now. >> reporter: 9:26 a.m., hawke-petit gets into the car along with the suspect. the bank manager describes the vehicle to the police. police are dispatched to the house to set up the plimt. a police officer tells them not to approach the house. almost 30 minutes go by. still, not a single officer
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approaches the home. no other authorities are alerted. not the fire department. not state police. uncourt police testified that was protocol. in a hostage situation, they said, they don't storm the house. they had no reason to believe anyone was in immediate danger. at 9:54 a.m., a police dispatch, dr. william petit, who would turn out to be the only survivor to this horrific crime. he was bleeding badly from his head, his ankles still tied. by now 40 minutes had past since the bank manager warned police about the nightmare scenario unfolding at the home. 40 minutes. police would learn jennifer hawke-petit had been strangled, she and one of her daughters sexually assaulted. in chilling testimony dr. petit described how he had been beaten with a baseball bat and tied to a pole in the basement. he said the suspects yelled at him, quote, don't worry, it's
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all going to be over in a couple of minutes, and it was. dr. petit managed to free himself through a basement door, but mince later the house was on fire. his wife and two daughters dead. hayes has pleaded not guilty to sexually assault and murder. around 10:00 a.m. the suspects raced out of the drive in the family's suv, as smoke bill owes from the back of the home, the suspects slam into police cruisers. only then do officers realize the situation was much more urgent than they had thought. randi kaye, cnn, new york. >> let's talk more about this horrifying case. this home invasion trial taking place in connecticut now. sunny hostin is with us. she's with our sister network trutv's "in session." good to see you. >> good to see you, fred. >> this story, this case, this trial makes everyone cringe. given all of this evidence, does
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this seem like a fairly easy conviction or are there difficulties particularly because stephen hayes, the first of the defendants being tried, there are some questions as to whether his attempted suicide may have made him cognitively incapable of carrying out this trial. >> i hate to ever say a case is a slam-dunk. as a former prosecutor i know that is never the case. in this particular case, i think the evidence is very overwhelming. i've been following it very closely, as much of america is, because it really strikes at one's heart. this is a home invasion. someone invade the sanctity of someone's home. the fact he has been found able to stand trial, competent to stand trial and has been ill, this defendant, during the trial doesn't mean this is not going to end, i think, in a guilty conviction. >> would it be too late for his
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attorneys to say let's pursue an insanity plea in is it too late for them to change his plea? >> it is. the insanity defense is off the table. however, they did want a plea deal here. they wanted to plead guilty to this horrific series of crimes in return for the prosecution taking the death penalty off the table. as you know in connecticut, the death penalty is rarely, rarely enforced. if any case calls for that, the prosecution in this case felt this case was worthy of a death penalty. >> wow. then there are criticisms that perhaps the police didn't do enough, that they made a mistake. how might that impair or have any bearing whatsoever on this trial at this juncture. >> it's interesting, you know, the police in cheshire, connecticut, are really taking a lot of heat over their decision to wait 33 minutes before approaching this home. they set up a perimeter.
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this woman was inside being assaulted at the same time the police were outside. the defense in this case has really made that an issue. it's a nonissue, sort of the defense strategy of throwing everything at the wall, throwing spaghetti at the wall and hoping something sticks. that is not going to stick. i will say that -- i hate to criticize law enforcement. i think officers do the best they can possibly do. when this woman went to the bank and indicated very, very clearly there are men holding my family hostage and they indicated if i called the police, they will kill my family. that is eminent danger. what better sign for a police department than that. certainly they may have dropped the ball here. hopefully the takeaway is the protocol for police in cheshire, connecticut for home invasions will change. >> let's talk about the natalee holloway case, more like a beth holloway twitty case.
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this young girl missing so long now. the mother decides to go to peru, meet face-to-face with the man she is convinced, joran van der sloot is responsible for the death of her child. in what we might she have jeopardized the on going investigation of the whereabouts of natalee holloway. >> certainly we can all feel for beth holloway at this appoint. her daughter has been missing for five years. we all know joran van der sloot is the prime suspect in her disappearance as well as the death of the girl in peru. no attorney would have advised her to go into the prison without warning and confront the main suspect -- >> she went with a dutch film crew, so they may have misrepresented herself. >> yes, exactly. i will say, i don't think it's going to have any bearing on the case, any bearing on the investigation. >> okay. >> i think we can all agree that any mother whose child is
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missing five years is going to get rather desperate. >> let's talk about another case. talk about misrepresenting the facts, washington woman bethany storro who claimed she was attacked by a woman, even gave a full description of this woman, being a black woman who splashed acid in her face. now come to find out she admits to police this was a hoax. this was self-inflicted. what kind of charge is she facing right now besides filing a false report, for starters. >> for starters, i think that's the only charge she would face. i think this is a case with a woman who obviously is very sick. any woman or any person, for that matter, that would disfigure themselves calls into question their mental state. when a prosecutor looks at the charges, she really only hurt herself. granted there were taxpayer dollars and police time, but she only hurt herself. it's unfortunate she named a black woman as her assailant.
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several women were stopped, interrogated. will they bring charges against her? >> that's what i'm wondering. >> will they bring a civil complaint? it's possible. >> she might be looking at a fine for helping to pay all that was spent on this investigation. we'll talk to you in a minute, sunny, about other cases, goldman sachs for one saying men were paid and promoted and women were not at the same rate. also michael jackson's mother filing suit against aeg live saying they bear responsibility. all that straight ahead. grow ha. puhh puhh puhh putt and that's it. [ male announcer ] stop losing. start gaining.
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all right. more legal cases on our docket
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now, including michael jackson mother suing a concert promoter over her son's death. let's take a look at this case and other. sunny hostin back with trutv sister network. good to see you. she's saying aeg forced michael jackson to perform and rehearse even though he wasn't feeling well. she says they bear some responsibility in his death. will this claim go anywhere. >> i don't think so. i hate to make predictions like that. you really never know. we are talking about the king of pop, a beloved subject. and his terrible death. however, i think that the evidence is pretty clear michael jackson insisted on having dr. conrad murray because of his addiction to propofol and other drugs. >> that was already made public. he's the one that requested dr. conrad murray. here in this claim she's saying and her attorneys are saying aeg
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made this decision. >> exactly. and i will say what is interesting they are saying because aeg paid for this doctor and because aeg also not only paid but hired him and didn't conduct a full background search on him, this doctor became an agent and really was an employee of aeg and therefore is responsible. that does pass the smell test of that agency-agent relationship. will it go anywhere? i don't think so. i don't think a jury or judge will find that credible. goldman sachs, three former employees suing goldman sachs for discriminating against them saying men were paid more than women and men were more likely to get promoted. we've seen this kind of class action suit happen before. why might this be more difficult as it pertains to goldman sachs.
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>> well, you know, goldman sachs has really taken a hit in the public arena. their pr is doing very, very poorly right now. we all remember they were sued by the s.e.c. for madoff like allegations. i will say i've taken a look at this lawsuit. it's a hefty lawsuit, 42 payable. it was brought by three women as lead plaintiffs that are heavy hitter women, highly educated. >> yeah, because one of the plaintiffs was a vice president. so how is she going going to allege and prove she suffered as well because she wasn't promoted. i don't know how long it took for her to get to the vice presidency, but wouldn't that be a tough sell? >> i don't think this is a tough sell. this thereof is a dream. >>. she is so talented, fairly young and so talented, and others
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similarly situated that were men were promoted at a higher rate, given more money, given more responsibility. when you read this complaint, it does appearon on its face -- we haven't and in court -- but appears on its face men were running things there and some allegations of going to strip to celebrate promotions of men, things like that. so when you look at the complaint, if these allegations are true, they are very serious and could be a class action, notable case. >> it seems difficult to prove these cases. history will show it's often difficult to be able to get those in charge of writing the checks or building the contracts to be able to testify they were using a different template for women versus men. >> exactly. however, i think that the prove is going to be in the details. they are going to have to go through a discovery period where they turn over their records.
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if you look at that and analyze it and supports what they are alleging in the complaint, goldman sachs may be in trouble. >> sunny hostin, good to have you. i'm sorry i called you houston, i've got my producer, all these hs killing me. >> no worries. >> next time in atlanta hopefully, usually joining us from new york. thanks so much. banks and airlines, they aren't the only ones these days in venting new charges and fees driving travelers nuts. how about renting a car now and paying additional fees. we'll explain. i want to give my 5 employees health insurance, but i just can't afford it. i have diabetes. i didn't miss a premium payment for 10 years.
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keeping a close eye on all the latest headlines from the cnn.com political ticker. >> a lot of stuff happening in the political ticker, where do you find it, cnn politics.com. talk about the gathering of conservative activists in the nation's capital. a lot is about 2010 and midterms coming up but also a lot about 2012. we have a bunch of possible, possible people who may want to run for republican presidential nomination next time around. they talked yesterday, newt gingrich, former house speaker, talking later today. keep an eye on the conference and have as a result of a residential straw poll. last year former governor mike huckabee won that poll. let's talk about midterms. check it out on monday the president will be busy, headlining a dnc headliner in philadelphia. wheel he's up there in philadelphia he's up there for
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joe sestak. he a seat up there and these a seat democrats would like to keep in party hands. >> for the latest news go to cnn.com. thanks, paul. for months airlines have been piling on fees for checked bags, seats, you name it, making people frazzled. now rental car companies are following suit. now, what's going on and how you can avoid excessive fees. it doesn't seem to believe to avoid them at all. first of all, why are they doing this? >> i'll tell you why, just as airlines are merging like mad, so are auto rental companies. hertz bought out dollar rental who beat out avis who owns budget and was trying to get better. enterprise and national. bottom line, fewer companies, less competition.
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the companies still standing are shedding inventory. they have sold off thousands and thousands cars and trucks, which means less cars and trucks available, which means a higher price. >> so punish the consumer? you want that customer to come back. but now there are new fees being tacked on. when i rent a car, $45 for the day. i want that gps, i'm in treacherous weather, i want tires to make sure i'm safe. toif pay for th i have to pay for that. >> they do. uss take your child, car seat, that's extra. wife or husband, you want them to drive, that's extra. see a pattern. >> means somebody won't want to rent a car anymore. do they say that pattern? >> sometimes they have to. sometimes your rental rate included unlimited mileage. that's not the case anymore. >> that was a great perk. >> just a few months ago i rented a car in atlanta for two weeks. i told the company i'm going to
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be driving several hundred miles. they said in order to get unlimited miles you'll have to pay $50 a week extra. added $100 to the bill. let me tell you about these fees. i went online booked at an airport location standard car for one week. $192 a week. $27 a day. sounds competitive. but wait. $30 extra for a customer facility charge. do you know what a customer facility charge is. $20 for airport concession fee. $20 for rental motor vehicle tax. >> hopefully they are telling you this up front. >> you see it but most people don't pay attention to it. in this case it added $80 to my bill. >> you didn't get a great deal after all. any way to avoid charges. you don't have a child, don't have to rent the car seat. those things, such as what you added, can you subtract those? >> first thing is don't rent from the airport. it's convenient but more costly. what you do is fly into town,
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take a cab to your hotel, free shuttle bus to your hotel then rent from in town or suburban location. it's cheaper and you adopt have fees like concession fee. do a wide internet search. look everyone where you can for a price. booking online is cheaper than in person. reserve early. here is what i do. if i know i need to rent a car i make a reservation six months out, three months out, three weeks out, a week out. i keep them in play, pick the cheapest one, because the price may change over time. you may also want to consider? >> that's planning. >> go to small mom and pop. here in atlanta there's one called cash rentals, even though they take credit cards. they ties low, low rates. >> you may not get those airline miles. that's a big perk when you go. >> kayak.com will help you find those. then finally call a local car dealership if you're going to a city and say, do you rent cars
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and how much? they may be cheaper. >> really? >> let me tell you, avoid those add-ons like the plague, if you can. >> i would love to do that. thanks so much. these are fantastic tips. this is making travel so much more unbearable. so many of us love to travel, now they are making us not like it. thanks, george. we appreciate it. the latest way to supervise fido, now to the edge of discovery. >> reporter: meet roscoe. thanks to his high-tech tag he's learning to tweet. >> when i'm at work i can hop on twitter and see what my dog is up to. >> reporter: they aren't on the keyboard, they have a motion sense or that can tell when they move. >> the software evaluates the data coming in and evaluates an
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